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The experience of severe mental illness: a life history approach.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
0883-9417
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
1
Pages
24–31
Identifiers
PMID: 8904032
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this report, severely mentally ill adults describe their experiences of long-term illness. Forty-three research participants completed Life Chart Interviews covering their personal history since the onset of their psychiatric disorder. Participants appeared to be generally reliable informants on their treatment histories. They indicated that individual learning and personal choices influenced the course of the psychiatric disorder over time, including decisions about use of treatment and environmental support. These results support the value of life-context approach to research on severe mental illness.

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